Dr Rocio A Diaz-Chavez is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London. She has extensive work and academic experience in sustainability assessment and environmental management tools and methodologies. Her research area focuses on sustainability assessment and deployment of bioeconomy, land use and natural resources and the synergies with energy, sustainability and other SDGs. Her research interests are on sustainability assessment (economic, environmental social and political/institutional) with application on renewable energy, and climate change impacts.
She has participated and coordinated different EU funded projects and worked in different consultancy work for the European Commission as well as in other regions in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has collaborated on different EU FP funded projects including BEST (Bioethanol for sustainable Transport) and COMPETE (Energy Crops and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems – Africa) (2006-2009), Eubionet on solid biomass trade. She is currently working on the EU funded projects Biocore, Global-BioPact and AfriCAN.
She formed part of the FAO and UK’s expert group for indicators development for the Global Bioenergy Partnership. She acted as Chair of the Social Group while developing the Bioenergy Standard for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). She has been the co-chair of the International Energy Agency for the UK Task 40 (Biomass trading). She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London. She received the SCOPE 2010 Young Scientist Award in Environmental Management for her work on indicators and standards.
She collaborated developing indicators and guidelines for the FAO Global Bioenergy Partnership, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and the ISO Bioenergy standard.
She received the SCOPE 2010 Young Scientist Award in Environmental Management.
Dr Diaz-Chavez is currently collaborating with the Stockholm Environment Institute at the Africa Centre in Kenya as Deputy Director.
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